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Are third party NXT compatible parts safe to use?

I bought the Mindstorms NXT for my son's coming birthday and I noticed that there are several places you can get third party parts to use with it (sensors, connectors, etc). Are these safe for the ...
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Is a N2 or CO2 paintball tank a viable power source for a LEGO pneumatic Engine?

I would like to know how a LEGO pneumatic engine would perform when powered with a nitro (N2, HPA) or CO2 tank. I have seen a few RC cars powered with air (from soda bottles), so I am wondering if it ...
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Is there an official LEGO terminology for the features of basic pieces?

When I read this question I remember to regularly ask myself what the features of bricks are called. At the top are there nibbles, knobs, or studs? At the bottom are there tubes? New bricks also have ...
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Does the LEGO Group condone war toys?

What is the LEGO Group's position on war toys? Other brands make tanks and army stuff. I noticed LEGO sets include more realistic guns in the Star Wars range than they used to. What's up with that?
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What are the exact dimensions of a DUPLO brick?

The dimensions of LEGO brick are documented well, but what about DUPLO bricks? If have only found the general statements that DUPLO is twice as large as LEGO but no exact numbers. What about the ...
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What can cause programmed NXT 2.0 motors to misfunction when small resistance is applied?

I have robot built per the Alligator tutorial included with Mindstorms NXT 2.0. Everything works correctly if I hold it off the ground and make sure there is no load on the two leg motors. However, if ...
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Homemade methods for interfacing a Servo with LEGO bricks

I'm looking for non-destructive way to structurally attach a standard servo with LEGO bricks. I'm interested in answers for either Large, Medium or Small size servos. I'm using LEGO ...
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Why is my LDD model incomplete after I export it to LDraw?

I have an LDD model that I exported to an LDraw file. When I opened it in LDView, only part of it was displayed. It looks like some parts were not exported properly. Is it normal? Why does it happen? ...
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What do the terms “vintage” and “classic” actually mean?

I often see terms like "vintage" and "classic" used to describe LEGO sets (especially on ebay, but I've seen them elsewhere, too). What do these terms mean? How strict is the definition?
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Is there virtual LEGO designing software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do any programs exist that allow you to build own LEGO plans? Some years ago, there was a really good program to build models from LEGO. But today I can't find it. Do ...
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What was the 12v AC socket for on the 7864 transformer?

The 7864 transformer had, in addition of the main regulated outlet for controlling trains and a fixed 12v DC for plugging in remote controls and lights, a third socket available which provided 12v AC. ...
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How should I create a Heroica scale graveyard or crypt room?

I've recently started playing Heroica with my sons, and we want to take this further, so I'm looking for some suggestions on modelling a graveyard or crypt room. As an example, here's a model of the ...
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What are these Technic “Zapfen” (“stoppers”) called in English?

What are these pieces called in English? Google translator doesn't help in this case...
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Why did the dark grey color of bricks change? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the bley (blay) color? 15 years ago there were 2 shades of grey - light and dark grey bricks. Some years ago, hue of new produced dark grey bricks shifted ...
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Tools to aid in getting parts from tight spots?

As a builder of some semi large scale projects. I find that I can't always get that dropped part because my arm is either not long enough. Or my hand is too big to reach in and get it. Anyone have any ...
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Making or buying a really long Power Functions cable

I'm working on a train layout and have built 2 automatic switches for the switch track. Each switch track is powered by M-Motor. I'd like to connect the 2 motors to a single IR receiver and battery ...
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What is the difference between the two train motors 8866-1 and 88002-1?

At the Lego store the other day they were talking about a "more powerful" train motor for the Maersk train (I was asking about adding a second motor to the red cargo train so it would go uphill). But ...
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How to sort complete sets from box of unsorted LEGO

My son has thousands of pieces of LEGO, but he has them all dumped in a box. Is there any way to figure out what sets they went to if I don't remember the names of them?
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What are the electrical properties of electric LEGO systems?

Several electric LEGO systems exist: LEGO Trains LEGO Technic Power Functions (PF) LEGO Mindstorms (in several versions) ...? How do these systems differ in electrical properties and which systems ...
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Is it possible to obtain a replacement part for a collectible minifigure?

My son's latest collectible minifigure purchase was missing its legs. Is it possible to get a replacement set of legs?
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How many hours of travel does it take to wear out LEGO monorail tires?

I've seen some pretty impressive LEGO tire driven/cushioned monorail displays that put miles of wear on the track and the train cars that ride on it. I'm hoping a monorail expert can tell me (about) ...
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Why are there extra pieces in my set?

I bought an advent calendar, with a minifig or part of a scene behind each door. Each piece is sealed in a plastic bag and needs to be assembled. Almost every bag has an extra piece in it. Is this ...
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How to straighten 32L axles?

I have a number of the 32L technic axles, but most of them have some bend to them. Is there a straight-forward way to straighten these? Trying to bend them by hand has not seemed to change anything, ...
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Are the molds for LEGO bricks maintained in house or is maintanance partly outsourced?

I'm a maintenance engineer myself and busy with my MBA courses with the following strategic question: what maintenance can be outsourced or not. I was wondering if Lego does all maintenance of the ...
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How Can I paint my LEGO Bricks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change the color of a brick? Is there a way that I can paint a white LEGO brick? I would prefer paints that will not come off easily.
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How did the LEGO Duck become a classic icon?

The LEGO handmade wooden Duck was released in 1935, long before the LEGO Brick was created. Many other wooden toys were made which can be seen in The Lego Museum, the duck however features in books, ...
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Which BIONICLE set did this mask came from?

I just unearthed a rather wealthy stash of semi-rare Great Kanohi masks. Never knew I collected them! Anyway, among them was this clear transparent Kaukau (Great Mask of Water Breathing): You may ...
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Will my LEGO bricks discolor in indirect sunlight?

I have a bunch of new LEGO sets because of my new status as an AFOL. I've got them sitting on the dresser in a room that gets indirect sunlight (see below). There is no direct rays hitting the LEGO ...
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What is the difference between the NXT and the RCX?

What is the difference between the NXT and the RCX? I know that the NXT is newer, but what features does it have that the RCX doesn't have, and vice versa (if the RCX has features that the NXT ...
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Lego Mindstorm NXT cannot connect via bluetooth

I have an NXT mindstorm brick, running RobotC firmware. I am trying to connect to it, via bluetooth. At first, the problem was that I had the motorola drivers instead of ones from microsoft. Even ...
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How to control a RCX from a Mindstorms NXT

I have both an RCX and an NXT. I would like to control the RCX brick from the NXT (and possibly communicate back to to the NXT from the RCX). I would like to avoid purchasing the Mindsensors RCX to ...
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How does the remote control on the 9398 4X4 Crawler work?

Been looking for a good option for creating a remote control car but it seems Lego released an "official" way via the 9398 4X4 Crawler but it's expensive. How does it work? And that's really two ...
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Can you build accurate models using 100% LEGO elements by following Megablocks instructions?

I shudder when I find errant MegaBloks in my LEGO elements, but admit to admiring certain in-the-box models offered by them. I know the pictures depicted on the MB boxes are not actually photos of a ...
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What disinfectant can I use on used LEGO parts? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: LEGO cleaning techniques and tools I usually purchase LEGO parts at yard sales and the like and would like to disinfect them before using them. Can I use any spray ...
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How can I store LEGO bricks as long as possible?

I have some LEGO bricks which are probably about 10 years old. They've neither changed color in any way nor dried out or anything, so it seems to be as stable as ever. How should I store them so that ...
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How do I make my own LEGO stickers?

I'd like to make my own stickers like the ones produced for LEGO sets using a design I've made in Photoshop. What do I need to make stickers for LEGO, what kind of printer do I need? Will the ...
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Where and when did the straight block letter LEGO logo appear on brick studs?

The LEGO logo that appears on the tops of brick studs has had several styles over the years. In the US, when Samsonite began manufacturing LEGO bricks, they apparently made some alterations to some of ...
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TTF font for Lego bricks

I'm in the process of reprinting labels for the zillions of LEGO storage drawers in Junior's toy room. I'm not looking for a font that depicts Latin alphabet characters seemingly built out of LEGO ...
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What is the “LEGO Master Builder Academy”?

At a LEGO store I saw a box advertising the "LEGO Master Builder Academy". It came with a book and a code for online registration, and mentioned a subscription fee. What is this "Academy"? What do I ...
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Instructions on small car, came with Technic Race Car, circa 1986

When I was about 10 (so, about 1986), I had a Technic race car (formula-1 like), and the instructions had an alternate thing you could make. It was just a small car, with rack and pinion steering. I ...
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I found this piece in a yard sale grab bag. What other elements do I need to make it work?

I found this piece in a yard sale grab bag. What element(s) do I need to make this element function as it was originally intended?
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What LEGO cases are available for phones?

I would love to have a LEGO case for my HTC Desire that have LEGO compatible knobs so I can attach LEGO brick on it. Be free to post answers for LEGO case that is for other phones as well, as this is ...
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What can I do to repair my minifigures loose neck/head joint?

I have a number of loose neck joints on my minifigures. How can I repair them? Any suggestions?
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how to build a diorama [closed]

I have almost all the items from the Lego Castle Fantasy set, and I would like to build a nice full Lego diorama, but I have no clue on where to start. Do you know if there is a tutorial on how to ...
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What are Good LEGO (or similiar) sets to play-prototype machines working with fluids?

I want to play around with fluid engines. I'm aware that LEGO is sometimes used in labs for prototyping kinematic components, are there successful examples of operating with fluids? Have pistons, ...
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How can I upgrade the firmware of an RCX 1.0 to an RCX 2.0?

I have an RCX 1.0 set from 1998 and I would like to upgrade the RCX 1.0 to RCX 2.0. Can this be done? Exactly how would I obtain a firmware file and load it? I do have access to the Bricxx Command ...
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Is there any application to keep an inventory of owned sets and pieces?

I'm looking for a desktop application that keeps track of sets and pieces owned. Ideally something that would look up LEGO databases such as Peeron or others in order to add the pieces in a set ...
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How can I convert an image's pixels to actual LEGO colors?

The LEGO Group released a few "mosaic" sets a while back, which came with clear baseplates and a bunch of 1x1 bricks. I have been wondering recently if it is possible to use an image as a reference ...
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How much does a life sized LEGO person sculpture weigh?

Generally, how many pounds of LEGO would it take to make a life sized person sculpture? Do they weigh anywhere near the same as the real person they are modeled after?
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Is it possible to connect an RCX to an iOS device?

I have an RCX and want to know if it's possible to connect it to an iOS device. If this is possible, how do I do it?

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